Dayanand Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) organised a second celiac awareness project (CAP) at Dumra Auditorium here on Sunday.
Celiac disease is a disorder of small intestine that occurs in genetically predisposed people of all ages from middle infancy onwards.Children suffering from celiac disease or wheat allergy were invited with their families from across the state to attend the seminar.
The project was inaugurated by Prem Kumar Gupta, secretary of DMCH managing society, by lighting the ceremonial lamp.Dr Ajit Sood, head of gastroenterology, discussed the signs and symptoms of celiac disease on the occasion. He said the signs and symptoms of celiac disease could vary but the common signs were diarrhoea and weight loss. He said after diagnosis of the disease and taking proper precautions one could lead a normal life.
Patients suffering from the disease should take gluten-free diet. A variety of products varying from gluten-free flour to snacks and sweet dishes were available in the market for such patients.
Barinder Singh, who came from Dhuri village with his wheat allergic son, said: “The seminar was helpful for the parents. Now I can say that my son can lead a normal life and it's just the precautions in eating wheat products which will ensure a healthy and normal life for him.”